The estimated 30,000 followers of self-styled guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who were inside the headquarters of his sect, the Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Sirsa, started moving out this evening. Around 6 pm, the security forces brought 100 state transport buses to ferry them out, resolving the stalemate that had been in continuing since Ram Rahim’s conviction in a rape case on Friday.
The Haryana police said they have made sufficient security arrangements to ensure peace tomorrow in Rohtak and Sirsa – the only two towns in the state that are still under curfew. The Dera chief will be sentenced at 2 pm inside a jail in Rohtak, where he is lodged.
After a Panchkula court found Ram Rahim guilty of raping two women followers on Friday, his supporters erupted in violence that left 38 people dead. More than 500 people were arrested in Haryana since. This morning, a media van was attacked by suspected followers of Ram Rahim, several kilometers from the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.